A (((Christian Sister))) writes -->
Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, Maranatha, The Lord Comes!
shalom ken seriously please............. ....if a child asked you who's G_D's daddy...my granddaughter and i were chatting yesterday.....she quizzed me on this......yeah i flubbed terribly cc............she got who we were down pat she got who JESUS was down pat then she asked the biggie........just who is G-d's daddy marmar....
....and the G-d is G-D just didn't cut it for her 5 yr old reasoning she wants to know who G-D's daddy is...
...what would you answer back????????????
have a wonderful adventurous exciting intriguing day today . . . CTTITSRTYJESUS AMEN . . . be blessed . . .
A Christian Sister
My Response: Dear Sis -- Maranatha
After having some time to think and pray about your granddaughter's lovable honest question, let me say, I wish more adults were as interested to know who God Is.
Allow me to re-tell an old family story. It is told, when I was about your granddaughter's age, I asked my Dad what the moon was. Dad went to explaining how people thought the moon revolved around the earth. That the moon and earth really rotate around a common axis. He explained some physics and astronomy and well . . . then I asked again "Dad, but what is the moon?"
Dad replied, "Well, it is a satellite." Then I said, as a 5 year old, "OK, it's a satellite."
One never knows what someone else is thinking. One never can tell if the question and its answer is going to mean more to them, or you.
This is how i would answer your granddaughter's question. But, (little lol :-) chucklechuckle cc ), Kids ask you real time questions, in real time fashion. It is hard to think on your feet when a child asks an honest question!
I would tell your 5 year old granddaughter. "God has to love everyone. He loves everyone alot. He loves everyone the same. He has to be a Father to everyone. So he is also the Father to Himself. That is one reason we have Jesus."
Then let it go at that. No need to talk deep theology or scholarly discourses with a 5 year old. But, see this text for reference on that. ---> Hebrews 6:13-20
Jesus said "Except ye become as a little child ... " (personal paraphrase) This is true. We know more than a child. God knows more than us. We should be willing to recognize, we learn by asking humble questions, not thinking we already know everything. Our children should believe us when we tell them the truth. We should believe God when He tells us the truth. Matthew 18:3
Truly yours, in Jesus, ken
PS. -- I would like to post your question and this above answer to a New "General" category of the Letters / Questions section of the website, (((maam))).
Change your name to "A Christian Sister writes" .... let me know if this is alright by you.
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A Christian Sister writes -->
Hope this finds you, Anna & family doing well!
If you could please give me all backup as possible on re-incarnation. You know, the whys and whatfors.
Can you help me? thanks
My Response: Dear Sis Christian -- Maranatha
Pardon for my taking a few days to reply to your email. I will tell you why in a minute, but on the re-incarnation thing. . . . Without a long discussion it is hard to tell you much because re-incarnation doesn't make any sense. An internet search on the subject will get you more information than you ever wanted to know.
I am sure you know the basics. Also without knowing why you want to know, well . . .
It is hard to defend against teachings that are false and make no sense. But one does not have to "defend against" false teachings.
All false religion is based on two things:
Having life because of what you do.
Having life no matter what you do.
Re-incarnation teaches a little bit of both.
Re-incarnation teaches you will live forever anyway, but the state of that life is based on what you do in the previous life. Different types of re-incarnation do have some different "rewards and punishments." But those are mostly just window dressings on the basic lie.
The basic lie is: A soul cannot die, but lives forever anyway, based on how good you are. This is false, and all false religion, at the core, plays off the teaching of natural immortality.
TRUTH: No one creature can live at all, without life given from God, through the merits of Jesus the Christ. Period.
He that has the Son, Has Life. He that does not have the Son, Jesus, does not have life. Period.
1 John 5:11-13 1 John 5:5-15 1 John 5:1-21
The above is probably not what you wanted but, best i can do right now on the information you gave.
Now, again, sorry it took a few little bits to get back with you, but . . . well . . . uhh . . .
Modern miracles of grace and good medicine: I had a heart attack (last) Sabbath / Saturday. Went to the hospital with chest pain. Yes, it was a heart attack. They did bypass surgery immediately, and sent me home Thursday. Wow, what a week. Anna now has two to nurse, me and Grandma. She is a good Godly woman, Anna. Glad to have her.
And glad to have good Godly true friends like you. I do not tell you this other than cause you're special, and because I know you already lift Anna and I up as often as you think about us. We love you too sis! Thanks.
And also this is probably a good thing. I was working way too hard, didn't have time to post new messages on InJesus for the subscribers and the world to read. . . . so i am taking it as the Lord giving me a push back into the internet evangelism thing. I am also taking it pretty easy for a while. Great. I enjoy talking and writing about God and Jesus a lot more than roofing.
Love to all of you and yours.
Your brother in Jesus, Ken.
Jesus Comes, Period. :-)
Modern day miracles -- WOW -- And to think God does millions of "regular miracles" every day. -- WOW
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A Christian Sister wrote asking about the parable of Lazarus & the Rich Man -->
My Response: Dear Sis Christian -- Maranatha
Hi, again. It was one of those days so i am getting back with you as able.
As to the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. -- Luke16:19-31
The first thing I want to know is this story Jesus tells a history or a parable. Is the account of Lazarus and the Rich Man literal, or allegory and parable. I always heard it called "the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man." (or Rich Man & Lazarus)
The parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man is unmistakably a black and white comparison. The problem comes from misunderstanding a comparison of what? Yet Jesus said he spoke the plain things in parable so that the lost would "seeing not see, and hearing not hear." -- Matthew13:9-16
If it is a literal, how many people can sit or stand, on / in, Abraham's chest (Abraham's bosom)? That is where Lazarus was, "IN Abraham's bosom." No where in the story is heaven mentioned. And the Rich man talks to Abraham, he never talks to Lazarus. Definitely nothing is mentioned about forever or any time frame. Abraham calls the Rich Man Son and the story ends by talking of "one rose from the dead." A fact of the story was that both the Rich Man and Lazarus had died. Lazarus goes on a trip with angels and the Rich Man is buried.
If the Rich Man is in hell and Lazarus "In Abraham's bosom." It is beginning to sound like a story with a moral to it. ( I.E. A Parable ) The early disciples understood these things like a sailor would say "in Davie Jones locker" as an allegory for the grave. Jesus audience would have understood all the characters mentioned were dead and in the grave.
The understanding of the Jews was that Abraham was himself dead and in the grave. Jesus did not dispute them on this. -- John8:51-59
The understanding of the early disciples was unmistakably that there was a period of time, in the rest of the grave, before God calls the resurrection day. One example of this is when the Jews were accusing Jesus and said, "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?" Another example of this understanding is when Peter, in his discourse on Pentecost, said "David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." -- Acts2:27-31
And there are these texts about "returning to the earth and his thoughts perish." "neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun." "because man goeth to his long home," -- Psalm146:4 -- Ecclesiastes9:5-7 -- Job14:20-21 -- Ecclesiastes12:5-7 -- Ecclesiastes12:1-7 -- Ecclesiastes9:10
When Jesus raised the real Lazarus from the grave, Jesus started by saying Lazarus was sleeping, then said "plainly, Lazarus is dead." Jesus did not say Lazarus was waiting "in Abraham's Bosom." -- John11:11-14
Also, Paul mentions many men of faith who "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." -- Hebrews11:13
"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." -- Hebrews11:39-40
Scripture is consistent with itself. I often mention a "golden thread should run through our understanding of the Gospel." The Bible says the dead know not anything and have nothing more to do under the sun. God has appointed a resurrection from death. That is the whole point. God and Jesus have appointed and made way for a resurrection from death. Unless God resurrects a person, the dead are still dead. -- Ecclesiastes9:5 -- Job14:20-21
I could go on about water dipped finger tips and great chasms between the fiery hell and Abraham's chest, but let me say the goal is to be with Jesus for eternity. I believe this particular parable Jesus said, was intended to show that this life is no indication of salvation, and that after this life there is no chance of change. The Rich Man had made his bed by ignoring Lazarus laying on his. -- Luke16:25-26
And sis, you have it exactly right, Jesus real point in the story was that if people will not believe what was plainly set before them as truth, they would not believe, EVEN IF, Someone Rose from the Dead. If the brothers will not believe what Abraham and Moses said about the Christ, the brothers will not believe even if one rose from the dead either.
Without getting more wordy . . . you know how this letter could get long. . . let me close with this thought sister Christian. If God gave us Jesus to make a way for us to get back to communion with God, and that way was death then resurrection, it would follow that all men must die and be raised in order to "leave" this world. Abraham's and David's grave (sepulchre) are still on this earth, somewhere in the dirt.
It is my very heartfelt prayer this letter does your understanding well. I also heartily pray it finds you and yours all well. Feel free to respond as you desire to this email. I welcome honest questions.
Your brother in Jesus, Ken Floyd
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There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
"Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
"H-M-M, " she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So she did
and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
"Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did
and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
"YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"
Attitude is everything.
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle."-------------------
Jesus Is Coming, Soon.